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Celebrating All Saints: Faire is the Heaven

All Saints Fulham Choir will be in celebration mode for Choral Evensong on Sunday 4 November – Feast of All Saints – with the anthem Faire is the Heaven by Sir William Henry Harris.

Harris (1883-1973) was born in Fulham but he studied at St David’s Cathedral in Pembrokeshire from the age of 14 and then went onto the Royal College of Music at 16 on a scholarship.

He was assistant organist at Litchfield Cathedral and then organist first at New College, Oxford and Christ College, Oxford before becoming organist at St George’s Chapel, Windsor in 1933.

In his time at Windsor, he tutored Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret and he conducted many royal occasions including his own compositions at the coronation of George VI in 1937 ( O Thou Hearken) and Queen Elizabeth II in 1953 (Let My Prayer Come Up). He received his knighthood in 1954.

Faire is the Heaven is for double choir. The lyrics are by the 16th century English poet Edmund Spenser.


The video is Tenebrae singing the anthem.

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About All Saints Fulham Choir

The All Saints Fulham Church is the home of three choirs. A traditional Parish Choir who sing wide-ranging repertoire which spans nine centuries and tours regularly at home and abroad; a Gospel Choir who sing a mixture of contemporary and traditional gospel styles, and a junior choir for children from Year 3 upwards.

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One thought on “Celebrating All Saints: Faire is the Heaven

  1. St Peter’s Singers performed and recorded Faire is the Heaven in the Victoria Quarter, Leeds as part of their project – One Equal Music – this Summer.

    Posted by One Equal Music | November 12, 2014, 10:44 pm

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